First Call for Papers, Satellite Events and Sponsors
Living Machines III: The 3rd International Conference on Biomimetic
and Biohybrid Systems
30th July to 1st August 2014
To be hosted at the
Museo Nazionale Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo Da Vinci
(National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci)
In association with the Instituto Italiano di Technologia (IIT)
Accepted papers will be published in
Springer Lecturer Notes in Artificial Intelligence
Submission deadline March 14th, 2014.
ABOUT LIVING MACHINES 2014
The development of future real-world technologies will depend strongly
on our understanding and harnessing of the principles underlying
living systems and the flow of communication signals between living
and artificial systems.
Biomimetics is the development of novel technologies through the
distillation of principles from the study of biological systems. The
investigation of biomimetic systems can serve two complementary goals.
First, a suitably designed and configured biomimetic artefact can be
used to test theories about the natural system of interest. Second,
biomimetic technologies can provide useful, elegant and efficient
solutions to unsolved challenges in science and engineering. Biohybrid
systems are formed by combining at least one biological component—an
existing living system—and at least one artificial, newly-engineered
component. By passing information in one or both directions, such a
system forms a new hybrid bio-artificial entity. The following are
• Biomimetic robots and their component technologies (sensors,
actuators, processors) that can intelligently interact with their
• Active biomimetic materials and structures that self-organize
• Biomimetic computers—neuromimetic emulations of the
physiological basis for intelligent behaviour.
• Biohybrid brain-machine interfaces and neural implants.
• Artificial organs and body-parts including sensory organ-chip
hybrids and intelligent prostheses.
• Organism-level biohybrids such as robot-animal or robot-human systems.
The main conference will take the form of a three-day single-track
oral and poster presentation programme, 30th July to 1st August 2014,
hosted at the Museo Nazionale Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia
Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan (http://www.museoscienza.org).
The conference programme will include five plenary lectures from
leading international researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems,
and the demonstrations of state-of-the-art living machine technologies
The full conference will be preceded by up to two days of Satellite
Events hosted by the Instituto Italiano di Technologia in Milan.
SUBMITTING TO LIVING MACHINES 2014
We invite both full papers and extended abstracts in areas related to
the conference themes. All contributions will be refereed and
accepted papers will appear in the Living Machines 2014 proceedings
published in the Springer-Verlag LNAI Series. Submissions should be
made before the advertised deadline via the Springer submission
Full papers (upto 12 pages) are invited from researchers at any stage
in their career but should present significant findings and advances
in biomimetic or biohybid research; more preliminary work would be
better suited to extended abstract submission (3 pages). Further
details of submission formats will be circulated in an updated CfP and
will be posted on the conference web-site.
Full papers will be accepted for either oral presentation (single
track) or poster presentation. Extended abstracts will be accepted for
poster presentation only.
Authors of the best full papers will be invited to submitted extended
versions of their paper for publication in a special issue of
Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.
Active researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems are invited to
propose topics for 1-day or 2-day tutorials, symposia or workshops on
related themes to be held 28-29th July at Italian Institute of
Technology in Milan. Events can be scheduled on either the 28th or
29th or across both days. Attendance at satellite events will attract
a small fee intended to cover the costs of the meeting. There is a
lot of flexibility about the content, organisation, and budgeting for
these events. Please contact us if you are interested in organising a
March 14th, 2014 Paper submission deadline
April 29th, 2014 Notification of acceptance
May 20th, 2014 Camera ready copy
July 29-August 2nd 2014 Conference
Living Machines 2014 is sponsored by the Convergent Science Network
(CSN) for Biomimetics and Neurotechnology. CSN is an EU FP7 Future
Emerging Technologies Co-ordination Activity that also organises two
highly successful workshop series: the Barcelona Summer School on
Brain, Technology and Cognition (http://bcbt.upf.edu/bcbt12/) and the
Capoccaccia Neuromorphic Cognitive Engineering Workshop
The 2014 Living Machines conference will also be hosted and sponsored
by the Instituto Italiano di Technologia (http://www.iit.it).
Call for Sponsors. Other organisations wishing to sponsor the
conference in any way and gain the corresponding benefits by promoting
themselves and their products to through conference publications, the
conference web-site, and conference publicity are encouraged to
contact the conference organisers to discuss the terms of sponsorship
and necessary arrangements. We offer a number of attractive and
good-value packages to potential sponsors.
ABOUT THE VENUE
Living Machines 2014 continues our practice of hosting our annual
meeting in an inspirational venue related to the conference themes.
The scientific and technological genius Leonardo da Vinci drew much of
his inspiration from biology and invented many biomimetic artefacts.
We are therefore delighted that this year's conference will be hosted
at the Da Vinci museum of Science and Technology in Milan, one of the
largest technology museums in Europe and host to a collection of
working machines that realise many of Da Vinci's ideas. We look
forward to seeing you in Milan.
Tony Prescott, University of Sheffield (Co-chair)
Paul Verschure, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Co-chair)
Armin Duff, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Program Chair)
Giorgio Metta, Instituto Italiano di Technologia (Local Organizer)
Barbara Mazzolai, Instituto Italiano di Technologia (Local Organiser)
Anna Mura, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Communications)
Nathan Lepora, University of Bristol (Communications)
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